Choosing how you will replace missing teeth can be an ordeal. First, you debate the many options available. After considering all the choices, you finally decide upon the right tooth replacement for your needs. If you land upon dental implants as the best option for your oral health, you now are facing the uncertainty of the actual procedure. If you are interested in dental implants, talk to a cosmetic dentist in Mesquite at our dental office. We will be happy to walk you through your options, and get to work restoring your smile.

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If you do choose to replace missing teeth with dental implants, what should you expect from the actual procedure? Read on to learn more about what dental implant surgery entails.

Multiple Stages

Dental implant surgery is not a one time procedure. Due to the complexity of the surgery, it requires a few different stages. Each stage is important in setting the groundwork to ensure your dental implants last for many years. Depending on your situation, some of the stages you can expect to undergo are the following:

  1. You will meet with your dentist and determine the best action for your needs.
  2. Your dentist will remove the damaged teeth, if applicable.
  3. Your dentist will determine if your jawbone is ready for surgery or if a bone graft is necessary. A bone graft will be used if your jawbone is too soft or is not thick enough.
  4. If a bone graft is needed, your dentists will prep your jawbone by transplanting bone into your jawbone from another location.
  5. Next, your dentist will wait for your jawbone to fully heal from the bone graft.
  6. Once your jawbone is ready for surgery, your dentist will insert the metal anchor into your jawbone.
  7. After the anchor point is placed, your jawbone will be left to heal again, for as much time as necessary.
  8. An abutment, or an extension of the post will be added to the anchor point. This will be used later to attach the artificial tooth.
  9. Finally, once your gums are healed and your jawbone is strong enough to handle the artificial tooth, your dentist will attach the implant.

Depending on your situation, some of these steps might be performed at the same appointment. This will greatly depend upon your oral health and your speed of recovery.

Post Surgery

As you can see from above, there may be multiple stages to your surgery. Each stage may require its own amount of healing. During, and after, some of the stages of surgery, you may experience some of the following:

  • Pain at the location of the anchor
  • Swelling gums
  • Minor bleeding
  • Bruising

While the procedure can cause some discomfort, you should consult with your dentist if any of your symptoms worsen. Your dentist may also recommend pain medications or prescribe antibiotics as needed. Your dentist will also likely suggest you stick to soft foods during the healing process.

If you are interested in dental implants in Mesquite, contact our office. Although the procedure may seem overwhelming, when it is performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, pain will be temporary and the results will be long lasting.